Last month, we asked for your input to help us determine which of this year’s 50 Las Vegas Bar Hall of Fame nominees would make up the Class of 2013, and boy did you heed the call. During a 13-day period from June 13-26, we received more than 17,000 online votes. (Clearly, our local watering holes have some passionate drinkers.)
After the votes were tallied, our esteemed Bar Hall of Fame committee members reconvened—cocktails in hand, of course—and argued the merits of the top vote-getters. After the fists stopped flying, we agreed to add five new inductees to last year’s inaugural class of 10. Certainly, the Class of 2013 is a diverse one, featuring a sophisticated steakhouse bar with an unparalleled whiskey program; an off-Strip brewery known as much for its near-professional karaoke as its inexpensive craft beers; a fun dive bar that offers one of the city’s most extensive beer menus; the king of the neighborhood video-poker tavern chains; and a one-off, Island-themed bar near Summerlin that (surprisingly to us) was the leading vote-getter.
So cheers to our five new inductees, each of whom will receive a trophy as well as their names on our Bar Hall of Fame plaque, which will reside in Vegas Seven’s office. As for those nominees that came up short, there’s always next year!
CLASS OF 2013
What the little bar at Emeril Lagasse’s steakhouse lacks in space, it makes up for with class—not to mention one of the nation’s largest whiskey collections (525 at last count). In addition to those fine whiskeys, mixologist Max Solano offers three different cocktail menus that not only impressed us, but also Gayot.com, which recently hailed Delmonico as one of the Top 10 Craft Cocktail Bars in the country. In the Venetian, 414-3737.
Originally opened as the Village Pub in 1967, this popular hangout of both locals and tourists behind Bally’s morphed into Ellis Island Casino in 1986. In addition to top-notch nightly karaoke—translation: This isn’t amateur hour!—Ellis Island serves up $2, 20-ounce handcrafted draft beers, which come straight from the onsite brewery. 4178 Koval Lane, 733-8901.
Wanna compete? You’ve come to the right place, as this bar just west of the Strip offers shuffleboard, foosball, darts and Golden Tee, not to mention a kick-ass jukebox that only stops playing during live-music nights. Wanna beer? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place, as Money Plays stocks 100 different brews, many of the specialty variety. 4755 W. Flamingo Rd., 368-1828.
When the first PT’s opened in 1982 on the east side of the Valley—at 1651 Palm St., to be precise—nobody could’ve predicted it would launch the Vegas neighborhood-bar concept. Today, there are 40 PT’s scattered about town—many of them refurbished in recent years—plus four upscale Sierra Gold outposts. Multiple locations, PTsTaverns.com.
Family-owned and operated by actual Las Vegas natives, Sagos opened in 2006 near Tropicana Avenue and Interstate 215. In its relatively short lifespan, the Island-themed bar—which transports the desert dweller to Tahiti upon opening the door—has attracted quite the loyal following, particularly among video-poker players who set up shop at some of the loosest machines in town. 4790 S. Fort Apache Rd., 257-2467.
Senior editor Matt Jacob talks the Bar Hall of Fame on 97.1 FM The Point. Listen to the broadcast below.